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Lyme & TBD Awareness Month!

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Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Month!

This national proclamation in the month of May is an opportunity to elevate awareness of Lyme and the growing number of other tick-borne diseases and conditions that affect increasing numbers of people in the US each year. Recent data from the centers for Disease control and prevention show tick-borne diseases are on the rise.  In 2017, state and local health departments reported a record number of cases of tick-borne disease to CDC. Cases of Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, spotted fever rickettsiosis (including Rocky Mountain spotted fever), babesiosis, tularemia, and Powassan virus disease all increased—from 48,610 cases in 2016 to 59,349 cases in 2017. These 2017 data capture only a fraction of the number of people with tick-borne illnesses. Under-reporting of all tick-borne diseases is common, so the number of people actually infected is much higher. According to the CDC, Lyme disease case estimates alone have now reached 476,000 annually. Prevention is key to staying healthy!

Awareness and education is critical in preventing these diseases all year long!

Events

Join us for our May Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Awareness 2-day virtual event, “Connecting~Learning~Healing” on May 22 & 23, 2021!

Check out the 2021 Events Calendar!

View 2020 events here!

Colorado Governor’s proclamation

Proclamations declaring May as Lyme & other Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Month have been signed by former Governor John Hickenlooper in both 2017 & 2018.  And by Governor Jared Polis in 2019 and 2020!

View 2020 Proclamation here!

View past years proclamations here!

Elevate Awareness throughout the month of May!

Join us in supporting our growing community of people affected by Lyme and other TBDs in Colorado, their family members, caregivers and friends, as well as those that have not yet been impacted by these diseases.

  • View, post & share #FACESOFLYMEINCO throughout the month of May here!
  • View, post and share COTBDAA resources for preventing tick bites here!
  • Wear green throughout the month of May (a green face mask); tie a green ribbon around a tree, a mailbox, a light post, car bumper; write a letter to your representatives or local newspaper.

Lyme & COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created increased challenges for everyone this year. With warming weather, more people are spending more time outdoors and unfortunately, ticks are not social distancing.

Many initial tick-borne disease symptoms are flu-like and may not be readily recognized, especially in light of similar symptoms found with COVID-19 infection.  Access to medical care providers experienced with diagnosing Lyme and other tick-borne diseases has always been challenging, and now more than ever in many communities. With an estimated 476,000 new cases of Lyme disease expected this year, now is the time to increase awareness and practice prevention!

Give the Gift of Awareness!

Direct others to COTBDAA and to our Community Partners for valuable resources to help educate friends, family and communities throughout Colorado and beyond on the importance of tick-bite prevention and awareness of Lyme & other tick-borne diseases, no matter where a person lives, works, recreates and travels.

Make a small donation in support of COTBDAA: Donate here!

Additional Resources

COTBDAA Community Partners provide a wealth of information, resources and services to help keep you informed, healthy and protected. Make sure to visit them here!

Connecting ~ Learning ~ Healing

2- Day Virtual Event: May 22 & May 23, 2021